Freeloading illegal aliens accuse US nurses of giving lice



Get a load of this: a non-paying, uninsured ("we won't pay for health insurance premiums, but we
easily find ways to ship hundreds of U.S. dollars to our native countries, making such 'remittances'
our countries' biggest income source nowadays') illegal alien is treated at tremendous public
taxpayer expense at a U.S. hospital.

The U.S. hospital considerately provides bilingual medical staff to deal with the woman, whose
hospital stay has gone on for months now.

What's the response of the illegal alien patient's family, who are more than likely illegal aliens

Why, to accuse the hardworking American nurses who are taking care of the woman of giving her
head lice.

"After the nurses found lice in Mrs. Sanchez's hair, the family accused them of passing
it to her."

I think if you looked up the word "ingrates" in a dictionary you might -- or should -- find
illegal aliens such as these.


Sun, Feb. 01, 2004

Watching the red numbers grow

By Richard Gonzales Special to the Star-Telegram

Some years ago, the chief financial officer of a local for-profit hospital reviewed his revenue
report and called me. In brusque, exasperated tones, he wanted to know why the comatose Mrs. Sanchez
was still in ICU and why she was still in the hospital.

The undocumented immigrant had no insurance, and no one was willing (or could be compelled) to pay
for her hospital care. It was my job to get her out -- to stop the hospital's financial

The ethical dilemma for me was whose interests should be served first. The hospital paid my salary,
and my job was to provide effective discharge planning that would benefit the patient's recovery and
the hospital's bottom line.

Listening to the edge of his words, I detected the panic of watching the red numbers grow daily.

I had attended enough monthly managers' meetings at which the CFO presented computerized color
graphs of the hospital's revenue, the daily and monthly census and projected earnings to know that
the color red was not good on a patient or a spreadsheet. Our stockholders, I was told, expected us
to turn a profit for their investment.

At the same time, I remembered the brain-damaged, mid-40s woman with long, flowing hair, breathing
with a respirator connected to a "trach" that had been cut into her throat.

Her sons and daughters, and their spouses and children, took turns sleeping in the ever-lit waiting
room for the first month. During the next two months, they sat in her acute-care room surrounding
their unresponsive mother.

After the nurses found lice in Mrs. Sanchez's hair, the family accused them of passing it to her.
The hospital threatened to get a court order to cut her hair unless the relatives gave permission. A
daughter-in-law who worked in a beauty salon agreed to cut it.

After three months of bilingual, sometimes heated discussions between the hospital staff and family
about her eventual discharge, I, too, wondered whether the hospital could afford the high costs of

Unbeknownst to the family, I had contacted Parkland Memorial Hospital's discharge planning
department personnel, who advised me on how to secure the Mexican government's authorization to
transport her back to Mexico without family permission.

The recent remarks of Gale Pileggi, CFO of John Peter Smith Hospital, after the hospital's board
declared that it would now allow primary care treatment of undocumented immigrants are troubling:
"It's clearly the mission of this organization to take care of the indigent. The question is, where
is the money going to come from?"

Indeed, the CFO echoes hospital administrators' common lament. To keep their doors open, hospitals
need bucks to pay the nurses and other hospital professionals, buy high-tech equipment and
medicines, perform maintenance and deal with lawsuit claims.

The JPS hospital board made the ethically correct decision to extend primary care services to the
undocumented immigrants. All humans have a right to quality health care.

But I wondered from the CFO's comment if the board had truly considered the costs. Many whom the
hospital will serve work in high-risk, manual-labor jobs that do not offer health insurance. I had
seen enough immigrants in the ER, dirt still clinging to boots and clothes, to know that their
injuries can be traumatic.

The theory from health planners and executives such as Dr. Ron Anderson, CEO of Parkland, is that
primary care is more cost-effective than paying for emergency room treatment. A common complaint is
that the poor overuse the ER as an outpatient clinic.

Reports of obesity in America, the generally poor health habits of the poor and the high-sugar, high-
starch Mexican diet portend more cases like Mrs. Sanchez's. Hypertension, diabetes, cancer and heart
disease care nothing about citizenship and borders.

Mrs. Sanchez's family had said that she suffered from hypertension and had been taking medicine to
control her blood pressure but decided on her own to stop taking them. Her decision was

On a snowy day, I called the ambulance to deliver Mrs. Sanchez to the home of one of her sons.
Another son had quit his job, learned how to clean the trach and feed her through a feeding tube.
The hospital paid for a home health nurse to visit her several times a week for a few weeks to
ensure the quality of her care.

Several months later, Mrs. Sanchez died at her son's home, and my hospital had one less worry.


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